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was reportedly among the dead. the ongoing drone attacks come days after a federal judge ruled the obama administration is under no obligation to publicly disclose their legal justification. the american civil liberties union and the new york times had filed a lawsuit under the freedom of information act demanding u.s. government disclose the legal basis for launching drone strikes overseas. the suit was filed after the u.s. kill the american-born cleric anwar al awlaki in yemen despite having never charged him with a crime. in upholding the obama at the ministration's right to secrecy, u.s. district judge colleen mcmahon expressed misgivings about the drone program itself writing -- the alice-in-wonderland nature some of the first details have emerged on the white house's effort to tackle gun control in the aftermath of last month's shooting massacre in newtown, connecticut. the washington buzz reports the task force overseen by vice- president joe biden is mulling proposals include some reinstatement of the expired ban on assault weapons and high- capacity magazines, universal backgrou
to publicly as drones. >> president obama prepares to nominate john brennan to head the cia. that the assassination czar, brennan has played a key role backing some of the most controversial post 9-eleven policies from the secret drone war to extraordinary rendition to wireless surveillance. we will look it the nomination for republican senator chuck hagel, fellow republicans have criticized him for views on iraq, iran, and israel. then, the steubenville rape case in ohio. >> we are anonymous. around mid august 2012, a party to present a small town in ohio known as steubenville. [indiscernible] kidnapping and rape of a 15- year-old girl. >> the hacker activist group anonymous has helped expose new details about a horrific high school gang rape case involving football players in ohio. all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. up to 18 people have been killed in the latest u.s. drone attacks on pakistan's tribal areas. the strikes hit what pakistani officials described as separate compounds belonging
of the day. >>> president obama plans to nominate chuck hagel as the next secretary of defense. reaction is already pouring in, some positive, some not. we'll have much more on the story in a moment. >>> pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected u.s. drone strike killed 17 people today. today's attack follows two suspected u.s. drone strikes last week that killed 15 people, including a taliban commander with ties to the pakistani military. demonstrators protested against drone strikes thursday and burned a u.s. flag. >>> parents in new york are on edge tonight waiting to hear if their children will have to find other ways to get to school tomorrow morning. the union representing the city's school bus drivers is threatening to strike in a dispute over job protection. they're concerned about a new bus contract that could mean some drivers would lose their jobs. if there is a walkout the city will provide some bus riders with free metro cards to ride public transit. in other cases, parents can apply for public transit refunds if they send their children to school by taxi. >>> league
>> president obama and the first family are back in washington tonight. after wrapping up their holiday vacation in hawaii. air force one touched down at joint base andrews in maryland earlier this morning. the president interrupted his vacation by flying back to washington to settle the fiscal cliff negotiations. now. he's back to face new battles over spending cuts and raising the country's debt ceiling. the president could also announce nominees for key positions in his cabinet as soon as tomorrow. with the fiscal cliff beginning to fade from the minds of many americans a new fight is heating up on capitol hill. a new deal over the debt ceiling is looming in the not-so-distant future. we go now to elizabeth corridan to check up on both sides and how they're preparing to get a new deal in place. >> "i believe we need to raise the debt ceiling, but if we don't raise it without a plan to get out of debt, all of us should be fired." >> reporter: strong words for a new congress, the new years deadline for the so-called "fiscal cliff" has come and gone. now lawmakers start a
with them. they want to send a message and want to send a big one toe president obama and congress just days before the president's second inauguration. bill: a democrat in california, self-proclaimed devoted sportsman leading a congressional task force rather on gun violence. congressman mike thompson says he wants to hear ideas from every side before he meets with the vice president scheduled for monday of next week. >> i think we all need to be involved. this needs to be the part-time profession of everybody for a while until we get it right. bill: congressman thompson, already considering recommending a ban on assault weapons and limiting the purchase of certain magazines. also under consideration is proposing a national background check. martha: all right. dealing with the mortgage meltdown. there are some brand new rules that are about to be unveiled and they are meant to protect borrowers from loans they can't afford and from the kind of debacle we saw in 2008. but it could make it very difficult for some people to actually get a mortgage. stuart varney joins me now, host of "varney &
. this is unfolding as the first big debate in the second term of barack obama. we've got budget issues and outside of those this is the biggie. some are pushing back on this gun appreciation day particularly online. some on the left suggesting, and i'll just read you one of the, you know, more out there tweets, suggesting that this is a veiled threat to the president of the united states of assassination by choosing mlk day as gun appreciation day. and so it's come to that. your thoughts? >> well, so much for an adult national discussion. all of the things that -- and there is some hope out there that it might be revived, but what we've seen in pretty short order, in less than a month, we've seen the national discussion that was spurred by that tragedy in sandy hook elementary turn back to sort of the tribalized version of the debate over guns. we've seen that liberals, and you mentioned governor cuomo, you mentioned vice-president biden, attorney general eric holder in the mix, too, making it very plain, making it very clear that they see this as gun control, which haven't had a serious discussio
. >> i don't want that trash walking around. >> cenk: president obama nominate hagel and brennan today, the secretary of defense and c.i.a. i love the republicans pretending that they care about gay people in order to oppose hagel. and hagel they don't think he's strung enough on israel and iran and iraq. >> what do you believe? what are you able to support? what do you think? why are you elected if you want a safe job go sell shoes. >> cenk: we have four advisers. on the show tonight to talk about that, and then finally we have a fun and interesting story about the world's poorest president. he's from uruguay. >> i'm not a poor president. >> cenk: i got to be honest with you, he's a poor president especially when it comes to monday. we'll explain. go time. [ ♪ theme music ♪ ] >> chuck hagel for secretary of defense. >> chuck hagel will have a fight for confirmation. >> the leader our troops deserve. >> the most antagonistic, it is very difficult to imagine the circumstance in which i could support in confirmation. >> yes, he is a serious candidate. >> chuck haig settle not a respo
to demand. who blinks first? >> that's the key question. president obama has shown new toughness in his negotiations with congress since his re-election, coming off a stronger than expected victory, of course, and also feeling like he learned some lessons from past fights with the congress. he has said he will not negotiate around the debt ceiling. at the same time, republicans feel like they have much more leverage in this debate. they felt like they were kind of on the losing end of the last fiscal cliff fight with their position that could have caused some tax increases on everyone, including middle class americans. so they were in a tough spot. they feel like this is an issue where they have more public support. the issue that we need to cut spending and that we shouldn't just keep raising the debt ceiling. so those are the dynamics going into that fight. add into that that speaker boehner is in a somewhat weakened position coming out of a tighter than expected fight for him to be reelected speaker. he will be speaker again but had to overcome some dissension in his own ranks to get
tomorrow in washington. sources tell cnn that president obama is going to cross party lines and announce former republican senator chuck hagel as his nominee for defense secretary. but hagel has critics on capitol hill even among republicans. the question is his past views on several issues, including israel. >> chuck hagel if confirmed to be secretary of defense would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense toward the state of israel in our nation's history. >> we'll have more in a few moments. >>> help is on the way for people who lost so much during superstorm sandy. president obama signed into law today a $9.7 billion sandy disaster relief package. it was the first legislative action of the new congress. a larger sandy aid package will have to wait. lawmakers will consider $51 billion relief bill on january 15th. some people were outraged after house speaker boehner canceled a vote tuesday on the entire aid package. sandy devastated parts of the northeast more than two months ago. >>> syria's president bashar al assad got a standing ovation today moments before he gave a rare p
president joe biden is meeting with groups including the nra this week as part of president obama's task force to find solutions to the epidemic. the nra said it's "sending a rep to see what they have to say." my, that's big of them. other gun fans are having their say on the internet. they're promoting gun appreciation day to be held on january 19th. gun activists are being urged to turn out at gun stores, ranges and gun shows from coast-to-coast. we'll have a commentary on that later in the show. and if talk show host alex jones is with them, let's hope someone brings his meds. last night jones had what is now an iconically famous screaming fit which was rudely interrupted by piers morgan trying to ask questions about gun control. here's part of what alex jones had to screech. >> 1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms. it doesn't matter how many you get out there on the street begging for them to have their guns taken. we will not relinquish them. do you understand? >> john: only too well, sir. you need help. i'm joined by nancy bowman, a nurse on the scene in tucson
think it's an incredibly controversial choice and it looks like the second term of barack obama is going to be an in your face term. >> foreign affairs correspondent jill dougherty is live from washington this morning. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> opposition to hagel comes from the right and left. can you break down the issues? >> yeah. i think it has to really start with israel because the people who believe that he is not a supporter of israel, in fact, they would question his devotion to anything that would help israel. he, for instance, believes in talking to hamas. he also has come out against iran sanctions by the united states. and so that gets other people very worried about his position. he opposed the surge in afghanistan. and when you get into that issue, the gay issue, so called, about 14 years ago he made some comments about an ambassadorial nomination who as he put it was openly and aggressively gay. now that's, of course, a buzz saw of criticism. so it's not going to be an easy type of nomination certainly as you can imagine. >> so why did the president pick ha
about today. president obama welcomes afghanistan's president hamid karzai. the two will discuss the nature of the troop presence in afghanistan after 2014, which is when the nato combat mission is declared over. the obama administration floated the idea of removing american troops all together. president karzai met with secretary of state clinton last night over dinner. and joe biden plans to deliver recommendations from the gun control task force to the president on tuesday. yesterday, the vice president met with representatives on various sides of the issue. the former head of a movie industry group argued movies aren't behind the violence. the nra step ahead way from discussions and said they were in attack of second amendment. dan lothian has been following developments for us this morning. sol folks said they see some consensus in some areas. when you listen to what the nra said, they sounded very disappointed with the meetings. >> that's right. we sort of expect thad coming in. it wasn't a very big, bold expectation from the nra, saying they were coming to simply listen to
in our democracy. i guess my future here is in the hands of president obama. that's all for us tonight. gues the hands of president obama. that's all for us tonight. "a.c. 360" starts right now. >>> welcome to the program. we begin tonight keeping them honest with new information that goes straight to a key question in that rape case out of steubenville, ohio. was a young woman, the young woman in this picture, as drunk and seemingly incapacitated as that photo would seem to suggest? was she too out of it or outright unconscious when the state of ohio claims two stars of the local football team sexually assaulted her during a string of parties back in august? we covered the story late last week when some explosive video was posted online when a teen who may have witnessed the alleged rape was seen joking about the incident. watch. >> what if that was your daughter? >> but it isn't. >> what if it was? >> if that was my daughter, i wouldn't care. i'd just let her be dead. >> no, you wouldn't. listen to yourself. >> i'm listening to myself fine. >> in about ten years, i'm going to come ba
for the obama administration. sources tell cnn that president obama is likely to nominate chuck hagel as deference secretary next week. hagel is a former republican senator from nebraska who retired in 2009. republican critics have noted that hagel has opposed sanctions against iran and the surge of troops in iraq under the bush administration. he would replace secretary leon panetta. >>> lance armstrong's fall from grace continues. "new york times" reports that he's contemplating publicly admitting that he did dope. sources tell the paper he's considering an admission because he wants to persuade anti-doping officials to get back into cycling. armstro armstrong's attorney tells cnn that his client is not in talks with the u.s. or world doping agencies. throughout the years, armstrong has repeatedly and strongly denied that he used banned performance- performance-enhancing drugs. >>> it's a new year and have some new -- i have some new numbers to share with you now. december's unemployment rate first at 7.8%. another number, 155,000, that's the number of jobs added in december, adding
this nomination, this is something that those close to president obama feel good about, that they feel ultimately he will be able to clear the senate and this was something obviously that was out there for some time. and that this was a decision that the president came to perhaps not too difficultly. but i think something that struck me and we just heard what president obama said there, was that when he referenced that chuck hagel knows america stands strongest when it stands with allies, that seemed to be answering that criticism that some have had about his position on iran, some critics particularly republicans saying that he's been soft on iran, that he hasn't been a friend of israel, the white house has been emphasizing that while hagel has been skeptical as they put it of unilateral sanctions against iran, they have been stressing his votes, supporting sanctions against iran and the context of a coalition including the u.s. sort of opposing iran with the sanctions. and that is obviously something he'll emphasize in his confirmation process. the other thing, wolf, i think this factored into
. martha: really. bill: maybe not. martha: maybe not. bill: on the topic of money, president obama is settling on the new pick for treasury secretary. he might announce it sometime this week. jack lew would replace timothy geithner if confirmed. prior to this role he was the direct are to you of office of management and budget. before that lew was the first deputy secretary of state and management resources. martha: washington is still reeling from the president's nomination of chuck hagel as the next secretary of defense. new hampshire senator kelly ayotte, one of a chorus of critics slamming the former nebraska senator. she says this. while i deeply respect senator hagel's service in vietnam i'm concerned by several boxes he took as senator, longstanding opposition to increase iran sanctions and his regarding hezbollah and hamas as well as our close al eye israel. senator hagel has one big fan, he has a lot of fans. this one is raising eyebrows the rogue nation of iran. a foreign ministry spokesman calls the nomination, a sign of quote, practical change to american foreign policy
democracy. i guess my future here is in the hands of president obama. that's all for us tonight. "ac 360" starts right now. we begin tonight keeping them honest with new information that goes straight to a key question in the rape in steubenville, ohio. was the young woman in the picture as drunk and incapacitated as the photograph would suggest. was she too out of it or was she unconscious when two football players allegedly assaulted her during a string of parties in august? we covered this late last week when explosive video was posted on line when a teen who may have witnessed the alleged rape was seen joking about the incident. watch. >> what if that was your daughter? >> but it isn't. >> what if it was? >> if that was my daughter, i wouldn't care. i would let her be dead. >> listen to yourself. >> i listen to myself fine. >> in about ten years, i'm going to go back. >> ten years, my daughter's going to be getting raped and dead in ten years. >> back to the picture, was the alleged victim in control of her senses? could she consent to any kind of sexual intercourse? was the photo so
hagel at the top spot. the obama's administration's baitle plan is beginning to take shape. >> chuck hagel is the leader that our troops deserve. he is an american patriot. he enlisted in the army and volunteered for vietnam. to this day chuck bears the scars and shrapnel from battles he fought in our name. >> hagel himself, the former senator defending his own record in a exclusive interview with his hometown newspaper, telling "lincoln general star" the distortions of my record have been astounding. will the white house make the sell on capitol hill? a place where even senators in the president's own party remain divided on this pick. >> i believe the president should be able to have his team, but the advice and consent of the senate is an important responsibility and we have to do independently and there are questions that need to be answered. >> chuck hagel is his own man. he wears no man's collar. he will continue to be his own man. that is the kind of person you want as secretary of state when you're in the room deciding about war and peace, you want somebody to give their hone
has launched rockets as the war intensified. >>> president obama wants to you take part in his re-election celebration. inaugural committee releasing new details in the 2013 inauguration. >> in washington, d.c., one of many locations, participating in the national day of service. >> the committee has leased this new video here about events you can participate in on this national day of service during the inaugural weekend. it is a tradition the obamas started back in 2009. also supreme court justice sonja sotomayor will become the first latina to take part in a swearing in ceremony. scheduled to administer the oath of office for vice president joe biden. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton is raring to go, according to a state department spokesperson. she is scheduled to return to work next week after a slew of medical problems. she plans to testify on the deadly terrorist attack on the u.s. mission in benghazi and they are working out a date with the senate foreign relations committee. >>> a big step for the children of sappedy hook elementary in newtown, connecticut. they boa
of borrowing. what's president obama's strategy? brian todd has the answer to the trillion-dollar question. >>. >> reporter: the president says he won't negotiate with congress over lifting the debt ceiling. >> i will not play that game. >> reporter: republicans say -- >> the president may not want to have this debate, but it's the one he's going to have, because the country needs it. >> reporter: so while they debate over a debate and raise head-long into the dead ceiling, is there a magic bullet to solve the crisis? try a magic coin. some economists, legal scholars and now even a congressman, are suggesting a $1 trillion platinum coin could be minted and the government could use that to pay the debt, avoid default and preempt the debt kreeg crisis. democratic congressman gerald name and address or of new york says i'm being serious. it sounds silly but it's absolutely legal. why do you think it's a good idea right now? >> well, i think it's better than a government shutdown. it's better than defaulting on the debt. it's better than the bad at actives. >> reporter: and technically, it doe
breaking out over president obama's pick for secretary of defense. he's chuck hagel. >> chuck knows war is not a distraction. he understands that sending young americans to fight and bleed in the dirt and mud, that's something we only do when it's absolutely necessary. my frame of reference, he has said, is geared towards the guy at the bottom who is doing the fighting and the dying. >> senator hagel, though, may not have an easy confirmation. here is the reaction today from senator john mccain, a one-time political ally who once considered hagel as a running mate. i have serious concerns about the positions senator hagel has taken on a range of critical issues in recent years which we will fully consider in the course of the confirmation process. he's talking about iran, his willingness to consider cuts to the budget, and perhaps his pro -pro pro-israel support. >> i'm a united states senator, not an israeli senator, but my first interest, i take an oath of office to the constitution. >> lindsey graham said his former colleague would, quote, be the most antagonistic secretary of defens
and democratic speaker tip o'neill, but the basic structure is sound. >> that's president obama during the first presidential debate decribing social security as structurally sound, he has no plans to change it. but there are new dire warnings that the fed is badly underestimating the amount they have to pay in the coming years and we don't have enough money to do it. for the sense why this issue is getting new attention, in there were beneficiaries, had a.4 million. by the end of 201155.4 million, a 22% increase in just 11 years. back in 2000 social security beneficiaries paid out 407.7 billion bucks, by the end of 20 2 2011, 698.1 billion. it's not getting better from there. fox business's gerri willis is with me. we don't have enough money. the two guys took a comprehensive look and op-ed said it's worse than anybody is letting you know. we're going to run out of money, the social security trust fund is going to be depleted years earlier than the feds suggest. what is the time frame we're looking at? >> well, let me tell you, this is a huge, huge problem and you can blame the baby boomers bec
that washington wld operate a little bit differently now that obama had been re-elected. and, you know, if you're a conservative republican you could argue that you wanted to beat obama at the ballot box, but if you could don't that, then it's time to cooperate with him. i think the last few weeks have showed us that that's not the lesson that most republicans took away from the election. and we're in for bitter, acrimonious debate for the rest of the year. very, very hard to see how much gets accomplished. and, you know, as you point out, they had months and months to deal with this so-called sequester, the automatic spending cuts, and they couldn't do it. they'll do something because they have to, but i wouldn't be too optimistic about kumbaya washington returning anytime soon. >> i agree with you there. president obama has said, though, the gun violence, immigration, they're at the top of his second-term agenda. will he find any support in congress with all this going on? >> if you look at his agenda, gun control, immigration, and these fiscal issues, they are the three issues that divide d
in afghanistan at the time of his resignation. the article caught him criticizing president obama and vice president biden. the magazine stands by its reporting. >>> now to syria where president assad addressed his nation in a rare speech just moments ago since the embattled president's last address in june, tens of thousands of syrians have been killed and even more have fled their homeland. more than 60,000 people have been killed across the country and the new year looks to be ushering in the same bloodshed and violence. mohammed jamjoon is watching things from beirut. if you can, break down what he had to say. >> good morning, randi. what we heard was a defiant reporting a lot of the same rhetoric that we heard from him when he's given speeches. rarely he has given them the last couple years but when he's given them or given interviews he disputed the notion that there was even a revolution going on in syria. he talked about how there was no fight in syria between the opposition and government forces, rather, it was between syria and its enemies. here's more of what he had to say speci
obama, the 44th president to the united states believe it or not just became official within the past few minutes. here is how it happened. a joint session of congress held in the house chamber you can see vice president joe biden presiding over the session in his constitutional role of president of the senate. they counted the votes state by state in alphabetical order. >> the certificate of the electoral vote of the state of alabama seems to be regular in form and authentic and it appears mitt romney of massachusetts received nine votes for president and paul ryan of the state of wisconsin received nine votes for vice president. >> so on and on it went. they opened sealed envelopes containing the votes of the 538 electors. they examined the contents and they counted those votes by hand and low and behold they cast votes precisely in accordance with the results of the election. 206 votes for mitt romney and 332 votes for barack obama. so next step you remember this scene four years ago. on this year's january 21st, the president's second inauguration will take place. his new term act
that and i never realized ray romano was bigger than me. >> -- "cbs this morning." >> president obama used a device called the auto pen to sign the fiscal pen because he's in hawaii after that he said this is great day for america and america's future. captioning funded by cbs >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." i'm norah o'donnell. along with anthony mason. charlie and gayle are off. thursday might have been a big day as the 113th congress was sworn in. today they'll take the first significant vote to approve $9 billion in aid for superstorm sandy victims. >> that's not the only critical issue left over from the last congress. nancy cordes is on capitol hill. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, anthony and norah. it's time to hit a reset button, get a fresh start and put all the tensions and bad feelings from the past congress behind. there are a lot of new faces around here who are determined to make congress work better than it did before. >> my colleagues, the speaker of the house john boehner. >> reporter: in a house usually divided -- >> we're standing here not to be something bu
to lose. they had a rough coup of months. barack obama won the election. the majority of the american people say debt say serious problem and saying that the american way of life is in decline. we are in a different moment. >> it did not work out well for the republicans for the same reason this won't. he's a smart guy and a good guy. he's a fellow texan and a great guy. not getting good advice or leadership for the country. the notion that these republicans want to damage the economy, damage the country in order to further their ends, it's like the old quote from the officer who said we had to destroy the village in order to save it. >> they weren't going to negotiate. they were gone just on paying the the billing. >> the debt ceiling wants a blank check cut to him. he would make it so that he could say whatever he want and there were no limits on the debt. he set this matter up. >> under the constitution, only the congress can send money. the senator and colleagues voted for the debt and we must pay it. the president is exactly right. it should be non-negotiateiable to pay the lebts
half hour. the president and michelle obama held hands at the airfield and bid farewell to the well wishers and got on board air force one. they spent the last day at the hawaiian rental. they are scheduled to land at base and drews. and we will show you more later. >>> the search continues for a man who was last skydiving in washington state. crews have narrowed the search to a quarter mile area near the mountain east of seattle. kurt ruper was wearing a brown and green wing suit and that suit may be making it hard for the rescuers to spot him in the terrain. >>> crews were outlooking for the plane carrying italian fashion designer vittorio missoni. and he was traveling with his wife and two crew members. the plane vanished. the designer house was founded by his father. >>> this is a rape case involving two football players and a 16-year-old girl. >> more than a thousand protestors, some wearing masks demonstrated in front of the steubenville courthouse yesterday. this showed a video, they were joking about the rape last august. >> more people charged as accomplices. they are bette
republicans who threatened to move to canada when obama won re-election. what would it take for you to get rid of your american citizenship? because let me tell you, it's really hard to get it back once you give it up. where would you move? let's get more creative than canada. while we love you, let's see other countries. let us know on twitter and facebook. have a great weekend. "anderson" starts now. > >>> erin, thanks. we begin with explosive new allegations in the rape case turning the small town of steubenville, ohio, apart. two high school football stars are charged with raping a teenage girl in a string of parties this summer. an alleged crime where social media then played a part. they show kids laughing about the alleged rape, saying things that are too crass to even say here. but two starkly different narratives are emerging. one puts heavy blame on witnesses for not coming forward and on a community that tolerates bad behavior by local sports heroes. the other says they're exaggerated, the charges unfounded, and the rap on steubenville unfounded. susan, you spoke to the attorney for
. the question is do we fight or do we knuckle under? >> reporter: president obama says he wants action on gun legislation this year. he's asked vice president biden to lead a task force to come up with recommendations on gun policy. they are expected this month. athena jones, cnn, washington. >> president obama is headed back to washington today ending his hawaiian vacation. there's a lot on the agenda once he gets back, including a meeting with the president of afghanistan this week. he's also expected to announce a new secretary of defense, likely former senator chuck hagel. he also has to prepare for his second inauguration. here's the president getting hit in the face with a wave during his vacation. hopefully the holiday with the first family had a few calmer moments than that one. well, the president's not the only one going back to d.c. secretary of state hillary clinton is expected back at work this week. she's been out of office since suffering a nasty fall last month which resulted in a concussion. doctors later found a blood clot in her head. one of the first things on her agenda w
courtroom. not on the internet. brian moore, nbc news. >>> president obama heads back to washington tomorrow after vacationing with his family in hawaii. one of his priorities is to get congress to lift the federal debt ceiling. in his weekly address, he said he will not compromise on the issues. >> if congress refuses to give the united states the ability to pay its bills online interesting consequences for the entire global economy could be catastrophic. last time congress threatened this course of action, our entire economy suffered for it. our families and our businesses cannot afford that dangerous game again. >> the nation's credit rating was downgraded the last time lawmakers threatened inaction on the debt ceiling in 2011. >>> a whale of a price for a high quality tuna. a bluefin tuna was sold for the egive lenl of $1.7 million in auction in tokyo. the major of the sushi chain was the buyer. he said although the fish was of the highest quality and color, he was surprised at that high purchase price. the fish has already been shipped to the sushi chain where a few lucky customers got
, freezing fog. highs in the hea 30's. >> president obama says immigration reform will be a "top priority" this year. observers wonder what will the overhaul contain and whether it has a chance of passage? athena jones reports this congress will have the largest number of latino members ever, so it could be the year something gets done. >> the vice president, joe biden is welcoming the largest number of latin members that could help with this leaping sweeping changes for the immigration. >> we need to seize the moment. >> 7% of the latin poet. >> john boehner saying that republicans will support comprehensive actions on the emigration. >> i am talking about using common sense and step by step. that will fix a broken immigration system. >> the immigration task force for the emigration. >> this is where the cameras, and this is where the people are, far apart. and immigration are much closer. we have fasigned on the dotted line. but the commitment is there to getting the work done. >> what could this look like. a big question is whether the parties can agree on how to approach the immigrati
, connecticut. take a look, the moment captured by a white house photographer when president obama got word of the newtown massacre. the president called it the worst day of his presidency. consequently, he's made gun control a key term of his second agenda, but you may not be aware the health care bill contains a little known item ability guns. it bars doctors from collecting data about their patients' gun use. consider that merely owning a gun increases your chances of homicide and suicide, it's not such a strange thing to study, but the nra objected. we wanted to ask them why, but they declined to come on "360." we're joined by peter from the "post" who has been reporting the story. as a doctor and a journalist, i was surprised to read about the provisions in the affordable care act. you have been investigating this for a while. how did it get into the bill specifically? what did you discover about that? >> the nra, as you know, is a powerful organization on capitol hill. they spent a lot of money on lobbying, and they did lobby congress and the senate specifically in the final days of t
of the connecticut school shooting and promises from president obama to take concrete action to prevent a repeat tragedy. big political ob stacks remain. anthenia jones remain. >> as students at sanny hook elementary returned to class, former congresswoman gabrielle giffords nearly killed in a mass shooting two years ago visited newtown, connecticut and on capitol hill, lawmakers arrived to begin a new session of congress with members in both chambers taking aim at guns. >> this is a fight that the american people are going to have to stand up and stiffen their spine. >> california democratic senator dianne feinstein plans to introduce a bill to ban more than 100 assault weapons. eight years after the old ban she championed expired. another senate bill would ban high capacity magazines and among nearly a dozen gun bills introduced on day one in the house are efforts to ban online sales of ammunition and to require background checks for all firearm sales, including at gun shows. two bills from freshman republican congressmen would allow more guns around schools. echoing the position of the nation
that a democratic president picks even a moderate republican and granted, this is a guy who says he voted for obama twice, but you know, okay. so the best moderate of republicans, but still, he's a republican so you'd think he'd go through, but you think that this is actually controversial even according to liberal democrats? >> well, two categories here and the thing that wendell was talking about with pro-israel groups is a big deal. the things that he's said, he referred to the jewish lobby, which is a charged phrase when talking about groups in the united states that support israel, they're strong opposition among conservative pro-israel factions in the united states, but there's also among liberals misgiving and they want to hear from hagel, bowing and scraping and carden and others who are pro israel want to hear hagel say, i'm sorry, i shouldn't have. we may be on the verge of that great washington phrase "inartfully phrased", and then the second half, the fact that republicans dislike him more than they dislike some democrats, not just because of the israel stuff, but in 2006 and 2007 when
with the expected next step in president obama's big cabinet shakeup. sources tell cnn that the president is likely to nominate republican chuck hagel as defense secretary next week. hagel is a former senator from nebraska who retired in 2009. the president explained why he is behind hagel on "meet the press." >> disqualify him? >> not that i see. i served with chuck hagel. i know him. he is a patriot. he is somebody who has done extraordinary work both in the united states senate, somebody who served this country with valor in vietnam. this is somebody who is currently serving on my intelligence advisory board and doing an outstanding job. so i haven't made a decision on this. with respect to the particular comment you quoted he apologized for it. >> the president there is referring to anti-gay remarks hagel made in the past, remarks that this ad in the "new york times" points out. the ad from the log cabin republicans also mentions other criticisms of hagel. he has opposed sanctions against iran and some say he has been less than emphatic about his support for israel. >>> the economy is ending 20
morning. controversial pick. president obama sets to nominate former republican senator chuck hagel as the next secretary of defense, a decision that is critics on both the left and the right. this morning, retired general stanley mccrystal weighs in, in a live interview. his first since he resigned amid controversy of his own. >>> alabama high school student is under arrest prepared for an attack against fellow students. a teacher uncovering the alleged plan in a notebook left in class. it was found at the suspect's home that has police even more worried. >>> and a father's concern. prince charles opens up about his son, harry's service in afghanistan. >> i worry every time. >> and he looks ahead to life as a grandfather "today," monday, january 7th, 2013. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with is savannah guthrie live rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a monday morning. i'm matt lauer alongside savannah guthrie, al roker and natalie morales. the gang is back together in a long time for a really long time. >> not since last year. >> that old t
to the president. he was right there next to obama when osama bin laden was killed. he, of course, replaces david petraeus, because he resigned in the wake of the sex scandal. >> okay, martha raddatz, thank you so much. >>> and, george, now to what is the earliest and most intense flu outbreak in a decade. as we told you, 41 states reporting cases. 18 children have died. and the flu season is just getting started. dr. richard besser joins us with what you need to know. good morning, rich. >> good morning. i've been talking to the cdc about this. this outbreak really has them concerned. although the season is early, it's not too late to get some protection from the vaccine. [ child crying ] >> reporter: despite loud objections, these children are arming themselves for the earliest and potentially most intense flu season in a decade. >> i don't want a shot. >> reporter: this morning, the cdc says an alarming 41 states have widespread influenza activity. that's up 25.from just two weeks ago. already 18 children have died. those numbers will continue to rise. >> it's been an epidemic. it's been huge.
. >>> now the next step in president obama's big cabinet shakeup. sources tell cnn that the president is likely to nominate republican chuck hagel as defense secretary next week. hagel is a former republican senator from nebraska who retired in 2009. the president explained why he is behind hagel on "meet the press." >> disqualify him -- >> not that i see. i'm served with chuck hagel. i know him. he's a patriot. he is somebody who has done extraordinary work both in the united states senate, somebody who served this country with valor in vietnam. and is somebody who's currently serving on my intelligence advisory board and doing an outstanding job. so i haven't made a decision on this. with respect to the particular comment that you quoted. he apologized for it. >> the president is referring to anti-gay remarks hagel made in the past. remarks that this ad in "the new york times" points out. the ad from the log cabin republicans mentions other criticisms of hagel. he has opposed sanctions again iran. and some say that he's been less than emphatic about his support for israel. >>> we sa
president obama signaled he is ready to have over the plain-spoken vietnam veteran. >> his willingness to speak his mind, even if it wasn't popular, even if it defied the conventional wisdom, that's exactly the spirit i want on my national security team. >> reporter: under fire for his past statements about israel and iran, hagel is speaking out, telling his hometown newspaper the distortions about my record have been astounding, once describing pro-israeli groups about a jewish lobby, unilateral sanctions on iran, he now says there's not one shred of evidence that i'm anti-israeli, not one vote that hurt israel. and he says unilateral sanctions don't work and they just isolate the united states. republican critics, though, aren't convinced. >> he is an honorable man. he has had a record of distinguished service but he's profoundly wrong on a number of the most important national security issues that face our country today. >> reporter: key jewish groups being lobbied, that has helped soften the anti-defamation league, who wrote senator hagel would not have been my first choice, but i
in the sand. president obama says, is he not going to tolerate a debt ceiling fight but the truth is, it doesn't matter whether he's going to tolerate it or not. >> it's not for better or worse, margaret, and you know that. you know it's absolutely for worse. the idea that getting -- >> is getting our spending under control for worse, though? >> one second, one second. the idea that you would allow us to default is outrageous. and there's no way to even kind of deal with that and to argue that as a legitimate point. >> but do you think arguing that we go off the cliff might be a way to secure a deal? >> you do have the fight over sequester. you may have a budget. i'm not saying you don't have a fight. i'm not saying you don't have an argument. i'm just saying using the debt ceiling as a point -- >> you don't like it. >> it's not about like. it's about destroying the u.s. economy in the process. >> everyone is talking about the leverage of the debt ceiling. what is the actual damage? >> the damage is -- well, moody's has already warned of it and s&p has warned again that if we do default, the d
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